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Welcome To The Beautiful South [Import]

Beautiful South Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (30 April 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Go! Discs
  • ASIN: B000024K12
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,562 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Have You Ever Been Away 5:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. From Under The Covers 4:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. I'll Sail This Ship Alone (LP Mix) 4:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Girlfriend 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Straight In At 37 4:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. You Keep It All In 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. Love Is... 7:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. I Love You (But You're Boring) 4:30£0.99  Buy MP3 

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BEAUTIFUL SOUTH Welcome To The Beautiful South (1991 UK 11-track CD album debut long-player from the band includes the singles Song For Whoever Ill Sail This Ship Alone and You Keep It All In picture sleeve with 12-page lyric booklet AGOCD16)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect pop... a Pet Sounds for the 80’s. 21 Dec 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the finest albums I’ve ever had on my CD player. Welcome to the Beautiful South is 50 minutes of pure pop perfection, as Heaton, Corrigan and Co. croon along to infectious jazz beats with literary pop hooks, tales of marital abuse, alcoholisms and the moribund exasperation of modern-day relationships. If this were Radiohead or Lou Reed, the band would have had us reaching for the razor blades by the end of track three. Instead, song-writing duo Heaton and Rotheray take a leaf out of Morrissey’s song book and inject their morbid musing with a satirical wit and comedic depth.
The result is how you would imagine Noel Coward sounding if he’d lived through the eighties recession. Bitter, bile-spewing though utterly charming; lifting the spirits for those unwilling to pay attention, whilst giving the rest of us a lesson in how to create substantial pop. The biggest hits are the best of the bunch, with Song for Whoever and You Keep it all In representing not only two of the finest tracks of 80’s pop music, but two of the finest works of pop music ever. They may be deceptively downbeat and cynical to the full, but still somehow, as romantic and beautiful as music can get. However, it is not just the jazzy piano ballads that impress, oh no, there’s also some wonderful guitar work on display... most notably on the rocking Girlfriend and the somewhat trivial, though always entertaining, Straight in at 37.
The closing numbers are as different as you could possibly get to the majority of pop music being created at the time. Love is...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Following from the format laid down in the Housemartins, jaunty bouncy tunes which belie the seriousness of the lyrics, and really eye catching album covers, the Beautiful South's debut record is a corker.

Opening with the witty `Song for whoever', then trawling through subjects as disparate as loneliness (I'll Sail This Ship Alone) and murder (The Woman In The Wall) with a distinctly jazzy tinge and always with a literate style and a sense of humour, this is a collection of eleven fine songs with no filler. Perfect pop, these can be listened to intently or as background music, but however you chose to listen you will be tapping your foot and humming along in no time. A thoroughly entertaining record, one of the finest offerings available from the early nineties.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stands the test of time.... 20 May 2009
Format:Audio CD
This album is almost unique; lyrically it will make you laugh,wince,cry or even shock. This is often incongrous given the backdrop of joyful uplifting musicality that abounds. Grim singalong tales of 'rotting flesh' and wanting to 'knife you in the heart' sound bizarrely uplifting because of the sheer quality of the music that is being played here. 'Girlfriend' is a good example of this; how many cover versions are actually twice as good as the original? The band play 'proper' musical instruments and the album is also notable for Briana Corrigan's wonderful voice. In a period of musical pretensiousness the Beautiful South's antidote was a fearlessness and a joy in songwriting about real issues that was of its time really refreshing. They were essentially a pioneering
band in the late eighties and early nineties before gradually losing their songwriting mojo.
This album is now twenty years old. Today I played it in my car for the first time in ages. It truly made my day. What more recommendation can there be?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the Wonderful North 15 Dec 2011
Format:Audio CD
This is a great album. It is in fact my second copy. There should be a law passed in the UK that everyone must own a copy or else they could face a custodial sentence. I can't say any better than that.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simply a classic record 27 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It's hard to believe that the Housemartins would be one of the most influential British groups of all time. Not only did the band give us some classic material, but their break up would give to rise to two of the most talented and successful British acts around namely Norman Cook (a.k.a. Beats International, Freakpower, Pizzaman and Fatboy Slim) and the Beautiful South, who were actually a more laid back version of the Housemartins. The band have built up an impressive catalogue over the years and it all began with their first album and the ballad "Song For Whoever". The album features soft pop at its best and really includes a style that is a mix of folk rock, pop and the blues with the songs all being given a distinctly British feel to them. The album includes some of the best British songs of the last twenty years and is far and away the best album the band have released to date. The album includes the standout tracks "Have You Ever Been Away", "You Keep It All In", "I Love You (But You're Boring)" and "Straight In At 37". Overall it's a great album and is highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic 30 Mar 2012
By Aidan G
Format:Audio CD
A band that were criminally overlooked by critics of the day largely due to their anti-fashion aesthetic. This album is a classic. Gorgeous, witty, ironic pop songs. Think Paul McCartney meets Noel Coward meets the Smiths.

Great production, great arrangements, great songwriting and, most spectacularly, great wit.

Forget Blur and Oasis(although I love 'em both), the Beautiful South was the great British band of the 90's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 29 days ago by M. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Blast of the past!
Published 1 month ago by mrs h a peak
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just as I remember them.
Published 1 month ago by Rumplestiltskin
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Published 1 month ago by jlh
5.0 out of 5 stars OK
Not particularly my scene bought this as Birthday present for some one liked what I know it's ok as a CD soft country have played a couple of times bought two this one not as good... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Classy Lady
4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful debut
A superb debut album from The Beautiful South, which includes their first 3 much-loved singles releases ~ 'Song for Whoever', You Keep It All In' and ' I'll Sail This Ship Alone'. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Prog Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars good music
as normal good service promt and on time and the music is easy to listen too bring back memories for me
Published 5 months ago by robertb
1.0 out of 5 stars Right cover, wrong CD
The cd i ordered was welcome to the beautiful south. The cd inside has completely different songs on it. Cn I please have a replacement or a refund!!
Published 14 months ago by yvonne
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
A classic album, I think I played the original so much; it needed replacing. I've loved listening to it again and understand the sentiment within the songs more now!
Published 14 months ago by Mrs A C Welbourn
5.0 out of 5 stars pictures on album cover
Who is the girl with pistol in her mouth!.Or the photographer/artist,could anyone HELP with this information,I'd love a larger copy of picture.THANKS for LISTENING!!!
Published on 9 Jun 2010 by W. Waterman
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